How the Horse’s Spine Lifts

How a horse is supposed to “lift its back” is a topic of great confusion for many riders – at ALL levels of riding.

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Horse Lecture by Dr. Gavin Scofield, D.O.

Instead of going over my version of Gavin’s clinic, I thought you might enjoy some direct quotes. I taped as much as I could from Gavin’s lecture in Kentucky, October 2009.

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Horse Bio-Mechanics

Some of the common indicators that people use to determine if a horse is moving correctly include:

  • An arched neck with the head on the vertical
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    Horses and The Form-Function Principle

    The form-function principle as it relates to a horse’s body, suggests that each part of the body; each unique form, is designed to carry out a specific function.

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    Simple Models, Hard Problems

    The value of simple models to deal with hard problems.

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    Horse Bio-mechanics & Horse/Rider Balance

    Bio-mechanics entails looking at the natural structure of the body in order to better understand how it should ideally function.

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    Disengagement

    The term disengagement means the horse no longer has a source of power from its hindquarters.

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    Are you Riding for Fashion or Soundness?

    There is sometimes a huge difference in riding positions between what is fashionable and what is bio-mechanically sound. The reality is that balance is balance is balance.

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    Riding a Horse with Collection

    Many riders think of collection only as a frame that is created by manipulating the head and neck into an arched position

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    Equine Imbalance

    ...."Many problems (of the horse) can be caused by unbalanced patterns of tension in the body"........
    ....."Uneven tension will often result in uneven body use, difficulty carrying a saddle and rider, stiffness generally 'through the back' or the body as a whole, behavioural problems etc..... " Gavin Scofield D.O.
    Founder of Equine Postural Training &
    Official Osteopath for the British Endurance team

    Acknowledgements

    Photos Contributed by:
    Jim McCleary - McCleary Photography
    Christianne Gentile - True by Christianne
    Sarah Wengernuk - Essence Photography

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